Great timing because I've hit a bit of a knitting dry spell. I've been working on a few new patterns (stay tuned), but also was looking for a project where I could just follow someone else's pattern and not have to think so much :) And I've been looking for a blanket pattern to use as a bedspread in our guest room that would use some of my leftover yarn. Just look at this blanket:
1. The pattern is easily resizeable by knitting fewer blocks and picking which block designs you choose to knit. I like the pattern size as written to use on our guest bed, but I might opt out of some of the designs and just repeat others.
2. The block designs can also be used to make matching pillow covers to go with this blanket. I think the XOXO pattern that you can see in green in the upper right hand corner of the photo above would make a beautiful pillow cover all on its own.
3. I will probably substitute a less expensive yarn (like Caron Simply Soft) to knit this. The Caron has a bit more yardage per skein than the suggested Berroco Comfort and I can usually buy simply Soft on sale.
What a great way to start the new year - with a great new knitting project!